sadly i think the cubs are stuck with bradley. same with soriano. im sure management is happy keeping soriano, though, because after he gets his first three strikeouts of the day over with, he's ready to hit a clutch HR in the 8th. he'll get a pass because he can hit HRs, then they'll forget about how he swings at any pitch thrown...and that he couldnt catch a beach ball.
they will probably get reed johnson back, who i like a lot, but i think he has averaged something like 80 games the last 4 seasons. he plays out of his mind but he gets hurt too easily. they still have fukudome but hes not even worth talking about, he blew his load the first half of his first season and he's mediocre on his best day now.
lee is getting up there but he is a very good clubhouse guy, still a good defensive 1b, and contributes well. ramirez's laziness is really catching up to him. the shoulder injury just shouldn't have happened. he should be flexible enough to not have that shit happen. he just dove to his right and didnt really do anything from what i could tell, he just doesnt have the flexibility in his shoulders that he really should have. he did lose a bunch of weight in the last year so maybe hes turning that laziness in the gym around. overall hes still a good 3b and hitter, he just has to stay healthy.
the middle infield works well but doesnt really have the experience. i think ryan theroit and mike fontenot are both good defensively, but i dont know if they should be on the field together. offensively fontenot seems to produce in bunches, and theroit is kind of steady, but neither really provides enough power to justfiy them both being in teh lineup at the same time. the cubs picked up aaron miles for some unknown reason to play middle infield and he was worthless. i really wish they could get mark derosa back at second and use fontenot in a utility role while keeping theroit at short.
gregg is awful, end of story. marmol is either going to pitch his way into being the next rick ankiel and go crazy then disappear, because he loves walking people or throwing wild pitches. when he's on, which isn't often, he really is on. one day he could go 1-2-3 in the 9th and the next he could walk the bases loaded. zambrano says (or jokes, who knows) that he wants to retire.
i really hope the cubs bats show up when randy wells pitches next season. i think he started with 5 losses or a few no decisions because he'd throw some good gems but the cubs would be asleep at the plate. he has good mechanics, a good head on his shoulders (was a catcher up until recently), and i think he'll do very well assuming he gets support.
i like lou but i dont think he's the answer. everyone thought don baylor was the answer, wrong. dusty baker? wrong. lou has a better chance than those two but im not seeing it, unless he extends his contract and the ricketts family (new owners) are willing to throw down big money for some quality outfielders, a veteran middle infielder, and at least a closer if not more pitching.